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Coon Rapids Costco recalls ground beef due to E. coli concerns

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recommending that customers of the Coon Rapids Costco check their freezers for potentially tainted beef.

According to a department news release, close to 400 packages of 88 percent "lean fresh ground beef" that were sold directly to 342 consumers at the bulk discount retailer between Sept. 4 and Sept. 7 may be contaminated with a dangerous strain of E. coli.

The product's Costco item number is 33724.

The department was notified of an E. coli illness last week after someone in Minnesota became sick late last month. An investigation conducted with the Minnesota' agriculture and health departments determined there is a link to the ground beef.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service is working to identify the source of the bacteria.

E. coli is a potentially deadly bacterium that can cause dehydration, bloody diarrhea and abdominal cramps within a week, about 3-4 days on average, after consumption.

While most people recover within a week, some can develop kidney failure, according to the USDA.

Costco has already taken steps to contact every customer who purchased the products. However, anyone that has the recalled beef stored in their freezer should throw it away immediately.

The department reminds consumers that raw meat products should be cooked to at least 160 degrees to kill off any harmful bacteria.

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